Movies Under the Stars

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My sister and her husband run a beautiful camp ground in Haliburton called Silver Eagle, where she likes to do some special activities for her guests, including Movie Night! My brother-in-law built this great, portable movie screen with a simple wooden frame and by stretching a really big fabric drop cloth over it.

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I thought it would be fun to add a few more fun details. 😉 We started out by adding some twinkle lights to the screen, and setting up a row of the beautiful red Muskoka chairs.

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Movies need popcorn, so I set up a fun popcorn buffet.

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I thought it would be fun to make some chalkboard bunting that we could write things on. My brother-in-law cut out the triangles, and drilled holes in the corners so we could thread them onto twine. My very sweet niece painted them all for us with chalkboard paint -thanks Jenny and Shaun. 😉 We used the large ones to write “Movie Night”, but since they’re little chalkboards they could be erased and used for anything.

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On the bottom of the table we strung smaller ones and wrote popcorn.

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I layered the table with red and white for a classic movie look. For the popcorn, I found great unfinished wooden boxes that I spray painted white and lined with waxed tissue paper.

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We used more chalkboard labels for the popcorn.

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I love how the popcorn buffet turned out. We had white cheddar, caramel, and buttered popcorn.

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I thought it would be fun to add a few popcorn flavourings too. I picked them up at the bulk food store, and we put them in simple salt and pepper shakers, and added a cute chalkboard sticker label.

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The toppings are on a little tray that matched the others, also sprayed out in white, and holding napkins and straws as well.

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We used some fun little polka dot, and chevron patterned paper bags for everyone to scoop their popcorn into.

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I love the drinks we used, old fashioned pop shoppe bottles, in such fun flavours. Pretty inviting in a simple galvanized bucket filled with ice.

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And in case it got a little chilly when the sun went down at movie time, I included a bucket of cozy red fleece blankets.

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We set it all down by the lake. Could it get any more idyllic?

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We had such a fun night, munching popcorn and enjoying ourselves under the stars.

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With a night like this, life really is a party!

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Happy weekend!

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  1. I love this idea!! Such a cool idea for a backyard or birthday as well!!

  2. What a sweet idea! We’re actually doing this at my daughter’s wedding in September. We’ll be projecting Princess Bride onto the back of the barn where the reception is taking place. She thought it would be a great break for people when they’re dancing. We’re doing the popcorn bar too – just not as fancy as yours.

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